Monday, April 27, 2009

Productivity in the Age of Over the Counter Medicine

As I pulled out of an allergy produced fog this morning and started to really crank some work out, I was struck by a thought. I took for granted that all I had to do was take a relatively cheap little 10 mg loratadine tab and be able to concentrate on work for the rest of the day.

How much less productive were folks before easy and available minor medications were common?

It is more dramatic to think of people dying from inferctions or tetanus and having an easy cure via antibiotics or immunizations, etc., these days. But what about all the more minor things that would make a day, a week, a month a struggle to concentrate?

These are great days that we live in, with such things available.


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Blogger Inner Prop said...

On the other hand, I worry about the "fixes" we rely on through drugs.

Firstly, folks that take a pill for the flu to relieve symptoms and then go right in to work, with no regard to the havoc they could be causing up to and including spreading a virus that may be deadly to some of the folks at work.

Secondly, relying on drugs to fix things that they should be fixing through other means. There used to be commercials for some digestive medicine that said roughly, you could change yor diet, change your lifestyle, or take this pill.

I'm not saying this is you JT. I am just pointing out the dark side and possible abuse.

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Blogger Kath said...

But the people that come to work when they shouldn't are the ones that used up sick days when they should not have. Yes, I know that's a big fat generality.

And the people relying on drugs to fix things they could or should be taking care of on their own -- well, that's a huge category!

Also, rather off topic, but those commercials on TV promising the miracle fix for whatever-ails-ya, I like when they say "Tell your doctor about XYZ." My doc, thank goodness, is a sensible man and is only going to give me what he says, not what I say.

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